Schizophrenia for the faithful? Pope Francis claims Guardian Angels are real

Schizophrenia for the faithful? Pope Francis claims Guardian Angels are real October 2, 2014

Hearing voices in your head? No worries, that voice is your Guardian Angel, according to recent remarks made by Pope Francis.

Today Pope Francis assured the faithful that the voice they hear in their head is their Guardian Angel. Francis made his claim asserting the reality of Guardian Angels during his daily mass in the small chapel in his residence at the Vatican.

Francis delivered his message that Guardian Angels are real to mark the Feast of the Guardian Angels, celebrated by Catholics on 2 October.

Francis claimed each of us has a Guardian Angel who protects us and helps make us aware of things, noting:

The doctrine on angels is not fantasist. No, it’s reality. According to church tradition we all have an angel with us, who protects us and helps us understand things.

Francis asked:

How often have we heard ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful … ? So often! It is the voice of our travelling companion.

The Pope advised skeptics to ask themselves:

How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep? No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone.

While it may be precious for Francis to humor the delusional by claiming Guardian Angels are real, the claim does raise some serious mental health concerns. Indeed, if someone is actually hearing voices, they should seek not a priest, but a mental health professional.

The sad reality is that hearing voices is not some angelic experience; instead, it is often a harbinger of mental illness such as schizophrenia.

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